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Dementia

People can, and do, live well with dementia. The CCG works with providers of healthcare and with social care commissioners so that people can continue to live rewarding and independent lives after diagnosis.

Following the district-wide Dementia Needs Assessment in 2014, we have been working with partners in health and social care, universities and the community to improve the experiences of people living with dementia and their carers using the Dementia well pathway - from preventing the onset of the condition to support after diagnosis.

The Bradford and Airedale dementia strategy, 2015-2020  aims to reduce the impact of dementia and improve care for people living with the condition by:

 What is dementia?

The term ‘dementia’ describes a set of symptoms that may include:

Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.

There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are drugs and non-drug treatments that can lessen a person’s symptoms.  Our risk of developing dementia increases as we get older. 

As we live longer, more people are living with the condition and it has a huge impact on their lives, the lives of their carers and families, and on their communities. 

Preventing dementia

There are risk factors we can’t change, like getting older, but evidence shows there are things we can do to reduce our risk:

Dementia: Reducing your risk, a leaflet from The Alzheimer’s Society, has more details.

Delirium

Older people and people living with dementia are more at risk of developing delirium. Delirium is also known as 'acute confusion'. It is curable - but if it is undetected it can be life-threatening. 

The term 'delirium' describes a set of symptoms that include:

Symptoms can develop quickly and often fluctuate during the day. Delirium can develop with infection and poor hydration.

This short video tells us what delirium feels like and how it can be treated. 

By 2020 we aim to have:

 A voice for people living with Dementia and their carers

If you would like to be involved in improving care or tell commissioners about your experience please contact: engage@bradford.nhs.uk.

We support Dementia Action Week and World Dementia Day: #yhdementia.

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We are also working to increase the recognition, prevention and treatment of delirium, recognising that it is a distressing condition and increase cognitive decline to dementia.

Delirium is a condition where people have increased confusion, changes in thinking and a reduced attention span. Symptoms can develop quickly and often fluctuate during the day. Delirium is also known as ‘acute confusion’. It is curable - but if it is undetected then it can be a life-threatening condition.

Dementia diagnosis

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Locally we have 2,621 people on our dementia registers which means we have found almost four out of five people estimated to have dementia in our population. This result is amongst the best in England. This result still means that we have an estimated gap of 602 people living with dementia without a diagnosis.

What we are doing to continue to maintain and improve the diagnosis of dementia

For people receiving a diagnosis of dementia this can be a difficult and emotional time. It can be hard to come to terms with it and know what to do next. Some people might even feel a sense of relief knowing what is wrong and what steps to take.

A prompt diagnosis can give people the chance to live independently for longer and plan for the future with their families. To continue to improve diagnosis of dementia there are 14 Memory Assessment Clinics per week across the district.

Care planning

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Four out of every five people with a diagnosis have care planning and post-diagnostic support in place. This is amongst the best in England.

What we are doing to support our GP practices with face-to-face reviews

The vision for people with dementia and their families and carers is to be supported to find, contact and access appropriate, meaningful and local health, social, community and/or voluntary sector support. There are four key elements to post-diagnostic support:

  1. dementia advisor (after 2 weeks of referral): provides information about diagnosis and treatment, carers* needs, community support, local services, benefits and legal advice
  2. nurse review (3 months after diagnosis): looks after physical health, social needs, practical support, medication, other mental health issues, signposting and onward referral
  3. Primary Care/Your practice review (every year): physical health, changes in memory, medication, advanced care planning, community matron support.
  4. Dementia friendly communities / businesses / services: GP surgeries, Mosques, Hospitals, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Bradford Council and the voluntary sector. 

Other support includes: social support, highly specialised support, community based support, carers focused support including the Dementia Carer website, physical and psychological support and self-care including a self-care pack.